Patricia Woodson
207 Quay
Dardanelle, AR

Patricia Ann Rossi Woodson, age 91, of Dardanelle, passed away Nov. 14, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family and her beloved dog, Christopher. She was born on March 25, 1930, in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Anne Moore Rossi; her beloved husband of 29 years, Billy Brannon Woodson; her daughter, Sarah Ruth Woodson at age 16; a son, David Brannon Woodson at age 33; and a granddaughter, Christina Paige Stinnett at age 23; and a sister, Mary Rossi Hiegel.

She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Dr. Chris Stinnett of Dardanelle; son, John Woodson and his wife Pam of Dardanelle; grandchildren, Thomas Stinnett II of Dallas, Texas, Amy Ford and husband John of Dardanelle, Adam Case and wife Rachel of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Adam (Chance) Marshall, Carson Ford, Tyler Reynolds, Cayne Ford Jones, Rowan Case and Cora Case; brother-in-law, Al Hiegel; nephews, Kim Woodson, Phillip Hiegel, Jerry Hiegel, Steve Scott; nieces, Mary Ann Tipton, Joy Felker, and Kathy Forbes; and also her special friends, Teresa Paladino and Becky Lewandowski; her much-loved companions, Hannah Mitchell, Ann Moore and Yraima Newman who she loved like family. She is also lovingly survived by her loyal canine companion, Christopher; and other grand-dogs, Ben, Bella, Vader, Sadie and Johnny Utah.

Pat graduated from high school at Mount St. Mary's in Little Rock. By vocation, she was a registered nurse trained at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock and spent a year of training in San Francisco. She often said that she was trained "from the mop up" when caring for patients at the hospital. She was much sought out for her diagnostic abilities in the community among friends and family. When the Dardanelle Hospital was in the process of opening, Pat was recruited to be the original Registered Nurse for the hospital and ensured the hospital had a successful opening. Pat also acted as the labor and delivery nurse, surgical nurse, and purchasing agent for the hospital due to her extensive training and experience.

Pat was also the bookkeeper of the family business, Woodson's Department Store, which was in business for 78 years throughout Yell County. She was a member of the Dardanelle Rotary Club, Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce, St. Augustine Parish Council, and JTPA. She managed Brearley Cemetery for many years, and was also involved in numerous community activities and projects throughout her life.

A devout Catholic, she was one of the oldest members of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Dardanelle. There she played the organ, was an Altar Society member, helped chair the bazaars and fundraising dinners, and taught younger children religious classes. She was a wonderful cook and hosted many dinner parties and was known for her homemade spaghetti. She rescued many dogs over the years, and she always carried dog food in her car to feed strays and would try to find homes for them and kept many herself.

Later in life, she continued to play the organ at the family restaurant, Romedio's. She played from the center of the room, and she would act as a de facto bouncer if you were not being courteous.

Pat loved life but also was looking forward to being reunited with her husband, Billy; her daughter, Sarah; her son, David; and her granddaughter, Christina; and did not fear death.

A rosary is being held at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 17, 2021, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Dardanelle, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. also at St. Augustine's. There was a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at her home, 406 South 3rd Street, Dardanelle.

Pallbearers are Tony Calivitta, John Ford, Jerry Hiegel, Jeff Ray, Andy Rossi and Kim Woodson.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Dardanelle Rotary Club, Len Cotton, Phillip Hiegel, Dr. Chris Merritt, Paul Tipton and Harold Zimmer.

Memorials can be made to the Future City of Meyer Street Dardanelle Dog Park, PO Box 360. Dardanelle, AR 72834.

Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle.

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Published by Log Cabin Democrat on Nov. 17, 2021.
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So sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Woodson. She was delightful.
Willard Dodson (Will)
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